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President Trump Is Blaming Delta for Chaos at Airports This Weekend. He’s Wrong

Jan 30, 2017

President Donald Trump on Monday sought to deflect blame for the chaos and confusion that his executive order clamping down on immigration caused this weekend at airports around the country, wrongly blaming Delta Airlines in the wake of a "systems outage" that caused delays and cancelations. Delta's snafu didn't begin until after outrage over Trump's order to bar people from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries had already prompted several courts to issue stays against the order, and after the administration narrowed the scope of the policy to allow green card holders to enter the country.

"Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning," Trump said on Twitter. "Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator [Chuck] Schumer. Secretary [of Homeland Security John] Kelly said that all is going well with very few problems. MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN!"

Tens of Thousands in U.S. Cities Protest Trump Immigration Order

People gather at Terminal 4 during a protest against Donald Trump's travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S.
People gather at Terminal 4 during a protest against Donald Trump's travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S., January 29, 2017. Tens of thousands of people rallied in U.S. cities and at airports on Sunday to voice outrage over President Trump's executive order restricting entry into the country for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations.Andrew Kelly — Reuters
People gather at Terminal 4 during a protest against Donald Trump's travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S.
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People gather to protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Demonstrators gather in Copley Square for the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston
Zabihollah Zarepisheh of Iran celebrates after being released from being held in Terminal 4 for over 30 hours as part of Donald Trump's travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S.
Riot police push activists gathered at Portland International Airport to protest against President Donald Trump's executive action travel ban in Portland
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer addresses the crowd during a protest against President Donald Trump's immigration ban in New York City
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People gather to protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at O'Hare airport
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) greets demonstrators protesting U.S. Donald Trump's executive order travel ban at Logan Airport in Boston
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Women walk by a team of volunteer lawyers in their makeshift office working to assist travelers detained as part of Donald Trump's travel ban in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S.
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It's not clear that protests, which sprang up across the country but were generally held outside airports, caused any delays.

Republicans have voiced growing unrest over the implementation of Trump's order, which he has insisted is not a "Muslim ban" despite his own support for such a policy during his campaign and his explicit statements favoring Christian refugees over Muslims in recent days. He defended the policy again on Monday morning.

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